Graduate Jobs Manchester

Manchester at a glance

In the famous words of Stone Roses’ lead singer, Ian Brown: “Manchester’s got everything except a beach.” So if you’re looking for a myriad of employment opportunities, a vibrant culture, affordable cost of living and a good dose of edginess, then Manchester is the place for you.

Yes it may be a bit drizzly and it’s not big on greenery, but Manchester offers so much for someone seeking an exciting place to live and work after graduation. And there’s no shortage of places to go for a curry.

Area guide to Manchester

Manchester can’t be put into a one-size-fits-all box, and the different areas of the city centre can attest to this. You’ve got the Northern Quarter, full of independent bars, cafes, boutiques and more nestled amongst winging streets and alleyways. Then there’s Chorlton to the south; again home to quirky bars and a bohemian vibe. And don’t forget Ancoats, full of street art, studios and theatre spaces.

Oxford Road is home to the universities and student haunts, while Spinningfields – to the west – houses the financial and professional services district. The Millennium Quarter is home to plenty of popular brands and The Village is the heart of the LGBTQ+ community in Manchester.

Universities in Manchester

There are a number of universities and higher education colleges in Manchester, including:

Employers in Manchester

There’s a whole host of employers from various sectors to be found in Manchester. MediaCity is home to the BBC and ITV, so for anyone interested in a career in broadcast media you couldn’t be in a better place. Virgin Media’s Manchester office is also one of its busiest hubs and is an exciting and dynamic place to work. It’s also home to the company’s training programme.

If you’re more of the sciencey type then there’s Manchester Science Park, home to over 120 innovative businesses. Google, KPMG, Deloitte, Barclays, Network Rail, Siemens and more have also built up a presence in the city, so there’s also plenty of choice when it comes to finance, tech, digital and engineering jobs, too.

Manchester by Sector

Just like the other major cities in the UK, Manchester’s success is down to a number of sectors. Historically an industrial city, Manchester now boasts thriving business and finance, energy and environment, creative, digital and manufacturing sectors.

Energy & environment

Did you know Manchester is home to one of the largest low-carbon sectors in the UK? Yeah – us neither. There are specialists in nuclear and power transmission and distribution to be found in the city, alongside many others seeking to trial and innovate new low-carbon technologies. The city is in fact looking to invest around £8 million in decarbonisation within the next few years – so there will be plenty of new opportunities popping up within the industry.

Creative

We’ve already mentioned Manchester’s amazing MediaCity, where heavyweight broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV relocated a number of roles and opportunities out of London. The creative sectors are playing a huge role in building the city and region’s economy, which is having a huge ripple effect across the UK.

Digital

Another fun Manchester fact for you: the first commercially available general-purpose computer was sold to Manchester University in 1951. With great universities and higher education colleges, the city is home to both up-and-coming and well-established specialists in software development, data analytics, the Internet of Things, animation, gaming, e-commerce and more.

Cost of living in Manchester

It’ll come as no surprise that the cost of living in a Northern city like Manchester is far cheaper than the likes of London. You’ll be paying around £700 per month for a one bedroom flat in the city centre, or £550 per month or a similar space outside the city centre (compared to a cool £1,700 or £1,200 respectfully in London).

You’ll also save a significant amount on transport, with a monthly ticket costing you around £65 compared to £150 in the capital. You’re also looking at less than £4 a pint, vs. the capital’s average of £5+ – so all in all, it’s a dream for the money-savvy student or graduate.

What are graduate jobs?

A number of companies keep certain jobs back especially for graduates. These graduate jobs are entirely different to both graduate schemes and internships. They’re specifically designed to offer new graduates full time employment in a new field, allowing them to gain important work experience and develop key skills.

How to find graduate jobs?

When you’re trying to find graduate jobs to gain critical work experience, it may seem daunting. Finding full time employment doesn’t have to be difficult though. At Debut Careers, we’re the UK’s No.1 graduate recruitment site and app. We specialise in helping graduates find the ideal role for them. In addition to our graduate job search, you’ll find extensive resources forcareer planning.

We have all of the tools available to help you find the best full time graduate opportunities. We appreciate that there’s only so much you can do online, and know that careers fairs and open days can help, so we’ve put together thestudent guide to networkingand collated everything you need to know aboutattending careersfairs. So from research through to networking and job applications, Debut Careers is here to help you find the best full time graduate jobs and internships.

Why choose Debut for your graduate job search?

So what sets Debut Careers apart? When you’re looking for a graduate job, it’s worth understanding that Debut Careers sets itself apart from the competition, because:

  • We are the biggest resource for graduate careers in the UK

    Not only do we have extensive guides and support, but we actually have more graduate jobs and opportunities than any other graduate careers service, and we can prove it. We have the data to show thatDebut Careers is the biggest resourcein the UK.

  • Our App allows you to browse jobs but also to be headhunted

    Our exclusive app has been designed with your needs front and center. Not only can you browse graduate job opportunities, but it allows employers to be talent-spot and find their ideal candidates. You can track your applications, view resources to help you with your hunt and insights to help you understand the market

  • Opportunities from the UK’s leading employers

    We strive to have the very best opportunities available on our platform. Not only are we the largest resource, but you’ll find graduate job opportunities at some of the biggest UK employers, in London, the North West, West Midlands and all around the country.

What jobs can graduates get?

There are opportunities for graduates across all kinds of different industries and roles. From fashion or finance through to automotive or law. All of these industries have a wide range of opportunities, depending on the job type you’re after. Many places offer work experience, a graduate programme or graduate schemes, but below you’ll find graduate roles available across:

Account Management Jobs

Whether you’re looking to get into wealth management or simply want to manage a number of accounts, thesegraduate account management rolesare for you.

Find account manager jobs at companies likeCiscoorJ.P. Morgan.

Accounting & Tax Jobs

Get started in accounting or tax roles at some of the biggest firms in the country. There are internships and grad schemes available too. Check theaccounting & tax jobsavailable through Debut.

Find accounting & tax jobs at companies likeSiemensorHSBC.

Communications Jobs

Find your new role in the exciting world of Comms and events.Graduate communications jobsspan a wide range of different industries.

We have communications jobs across all sectors, at places like Adecco or Google.

Engineering Jobs

From architect roles through jobs in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and more, Debut has them all. Find yourgraduate engineering jobtoday.

Look to companies likeCapgeminiorAirbusfor engineering jobs.

IT Jobs

IT roles include data analysts, software testing, tech and operations roles across a range of industries and respected businesses. Find the bestgraduate IT roleson Debut.

You’ll find IT jobs in a number of industries, at brands likeBPor Amazon.

Legal Jobs

Land your first legal role from our extensive listings forgraduate legal jobs. Whether you’re after an internship, apprenticeship or simply your first legal fellowship.

Marketing Jobs

Marketing has a whole array of different types of roles available for graduates. From software development through to growth, SEO and in-house marketing. Browse ourgraduate marketing jobs.

Project Management Jobs

Whether you’re looking to manage a portfolio or software development projects, ourgraduate project management jobscould be for you. Get started with project management today.

Find project management jobs at places likeHSBC.

Software Engineering Jobs

If you want to help develop new devices or simply become a superstar developer, agraduate software engineer jobcould be what you’re after. We have positions at some of the biggest companies in the UK available.

When should I start applying for graduate jobs?

You’ll generally find graduate jobs available across most industries available to apply for all year round. The main batch of new jobs, however, tends to be found between September and December. This is when we get new jobs added in larger numbers, which means you’ll want to keep a particularly close eye on job boards and openings, to make sure you don’t miss your perfect opportunity.

As the application for graduate schemes and graduate jobs can be a little longer than your usual application, many open up their opportunities well ahead of the start date. For more information onwhen to apply for graduate positions, check out our in-depth guide. Here, we’ve gone through everything you need to know when planning your job hunting.

Where can I find entry-level graduate jobs in the UK?

On Debut you’ll find graduate roles available across the country. Whether you’re looking for graduate jobs in London, the west midlands or the north west, we’re here to help. Every region of the UK has opportunities for graduates across a number of sectors and job types. Whether you want to find employers in the automotive sector or the very best marketing agencies around, the UK is well covered for graduate schemes, graduate jobs and work experience programmes.

From graduate jobs in central London to work experience and grad schemes in cities like Nottingham and Manchester, we’ve got you covered.

Jobs in LondonJobs in Manchester
Jobs in BirminghamJobs in Nottingham
Jobs in LiverpoolJobs in Leeds
Jobs in CardiffJobs in Edinburgh
Do I have to be a graduate to apply for graduate jobs?

While most of our graduate jobs are designed for recent graduates, you can start applying for any of them before you’ve officially graduated. When most new job adverts are posted, they are expecting applicants to be in the final stages of their degree, rather than an actual graduate.

However, once you’ve graduated there isn’t necessarily a time limit. Whilst most employers would prefer new graduates, you may still be able to apply for a graduate role if you’ve been a postgraduate for a few years and have gained some other experience.

Do you offer jobs for masters graduates?

Graduate jobs aren’t just aimed at post graduates with honours degrees. If you have a masters degree, you can still apply for any of these opportunities. Plus, you may find that there are particular graduate opportunities or schemes that are specifically designed for those with a masters degree.

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Manchester at a glance

In the famous words of Stone Roses’ lead singer, Ian Brown: “Manchester’s got everything except a beach.” So if you’re looking for a myriad of employment opportunities, a vibrant culture, affordable cost of living and a good dose of edginess, then Manchester is the place for you.

Yes it may be a bit drizzly and it’s not big on greenery, but Manchester offers so much for someone seeking an exciting place to live and work after graduation. And there’s no shortage of places to go for a curry.

Area guide to Manchester

Manchester can’t be put into a one-size-fits-all box, and the different areas of the city centre can attest to this. You’ve got the Northern Quarter, full of independent bars, cafes, boutiques and more nestled amongst winging streets and alleyways. Then there’s Chorlton to the south; again home to quirky bars and a bohemian vibe. And don’t forget Ancoats, full of street art, studios and theatre spaces.

Oxford Road is home to the universities and student haunts, while Spinningfields – to the west – houses the financial and professional services district. The Millennium Quarter is home to plenty of popular brands and The Village is the heart of the LGBTQ+ community in Manchester.

Universities in Manchester

There are a number of universities and higher education colleges in Manchester, including:

Employers in Manchester

There’s a whole host of employers from various sectors to be found in Manchester. MediaCity is home to the BBC and ITV, so for anyone interested in a career in broadcast media you couldn’t be in a better place. Virgin Media’s Manchester office is also one of its busiest hubs and is an exciting and dynamic place to work. It’s also home to the company’s training programme.

If you’re more of the sciencey type then there’s Manchester Science Park, home to over 120 innovative businesses. Google, KPMG, Deloitte, Barclays, Network Rail, Siemens and more have also built up a presence in the city, so there’s also plenty of choice when it comes to finance, tech, digital and engineering jobs, too.

Manchester by Sector

Just like the other major cities in the UK, Manchester’s success is down to a number of sectors. Historically an industrial city, Manchester now boasts thriving business and finance, energy and environment, creative, digital and manufacturing sectors.

Energy & environment

Did you know Manchester is home to one of the largest low-carbon sectors in the UK? Yeah – us neither. There are specialists in nuclear and power transmission and distribution to be found in the city, alongside many others seeking to trial and innovate new low-carbon technologies. The city is in fact looking to invest around £8 million in decarbonisation within the next few years – so there will be plenty of new opportunities popping up within the industry.

Creative

We’ve already mentioned Manchester’s amazing MediaCity, where heavyweight broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV relocated a number of roles and opportunities out of London. The creative sectors are playing a huge role in building the city and region’s economy, which is having a huge ripple effect across the UK.

Digital

Another fun Manchester fact for you: the first commercially available general-purpose computer was sold to Manchester University in 1951. With great universities and higher education colleges, the city is home to both up-and-coming and well-established specialists in software development, data analytics, the Internet of Things, animation, gaming, e-commerce and more.

Cost of living in Manchester

It’ll come as no surprise that the cost of living in a Northern city like Manchester is far cheaper than the likes of London. You’ll be paying around £700 per month for a one bedroom flat in the city centre, or £550 per month or a similar space outside the city centre (compared to a cool £1,700 or £1,200 respectfully in London).

You’ll also save a significant amount on transport, with a monthly ticket costing you around £65 compared to £150 in the capital. You’re also looking at less than £4 a pint, vs. the capital’s average of £5+ – so all in all, it’s a dream for the money-savvy student or graduate.

What are graduate jobs?

A number of companies keep certain jobs back especially for graduates. These graduate jobs are entirely different to both graduate schemes and internships. They’re specifically designed to offer new graduates full time employment in a new field, allowing them to gain important work experience and develop key skills.

How to find graduate jobs?

When you’re trying to find graduate jobs to gain critical work experience, it may seem daunting. Finding full time employment doesn’t have to be difficult though. At Debut Careers, we’re the UK’s No.1 graduate recruitment site and app. We specialise in helping graduates find the ideal role for them. In addition to our graduate job search, you’ll find extensive resources forcareer planning.

We have all of the tools available to help you find the best full time graduate opportunities. We appreciate that there’s only so much you can do online, and know that careers fairs and open days can help, so we’ve put together thestudent guide to networkingand collated everything you need to know aboutattending careersfairs. So from research through to networking and job applications, Debut Careers is here to help you find the best full time graduate jobs and internships.

Why choose Debut for your graduate job search?

So what sets Debut Careers apart? When you’re looking for a graduate job, it’s worth understanding that Debut Careers sets itself apart from the competition, because:

  • We are the biggest resource for graduate careers in the UK

    Not only do we have extensive guides and support, but we actually have more graduate jobs and opportunities than any other graduate careers service, and we can prove it. We have the data to show thatDebut Careers is the biggest resourcein the UK.

  • Our App allows you to browse jobs but also to be headhunted

    Our exclusive app has been designed with your needs front and center. Not only can you browse graduate job opportunities, but it allows employers to be talent-spot and find their ideal candidates. You can track your applications, view resources to help you with your hunt and insights to help you understand the market

  • Opportunities from the UK’s leading employers

    We strive to have the very best opportunities available on our platform. Not only are we the largest resource, but you’ll find graduate job opportunities at some of the biggest UK employers, in London, the North West, West Midlands and all around the country.

What jobs can graduates get?

There are opportunities for graduates across all kinds of different industries and roles. From fashion or finance through to automotive or law. All of these industries have a wide range of opportunities, depending on the job type you’re after. Many places offer work experience, a graduate programme or graduate schemes, but below you’ll find graduate roles available across:

Account Management Jobs

Whether you’re looking to get into wealth management or simply want to manage a number of accounts, thesegraduate account management rolesare for you.

Find account manager jobs at companies likeCiscoorJ.P. Morgan.

Accounting & Tax Jobs

Get started in accounting or tax roles at some of the biggest firms in the country. There are internships and grad schemes available too. Check theaccounting & tax jobsavailable through Debut.

Find accounting & tax jobs at companies likeSiemensorHSBC.

Communications Jobs

Find your new role in the exciting world of Comms and events.Graduate communications jobsspan a wide range of different industries.

We have communications jobs across all sectors, at places like Adecco or Google.

Engineering Jobs

From architect roles through jobs in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and more, Debut has them all. Find yourgraduate engineering jobtoday.

Look to companies likeCapgeminiorAirbusfor engineering jobs.

IT Jobs

IT roles include data analysts, software testing, tech and operations roles across a range of industries and respected businesses. Find the bestgraduate IT roleson Debut.

You’ll find IT jobs in a number of industries, at brands likeBPor Amazon.

Legal Jobs

Land your first legal role from our extensive listings forgraduate legal jobs. Whether you’re after an internship, apprenticeship or simply your first legal fellowship.

Marketing Jobs

Marketing has a whole array of different types of roles available for graduates. From software development through to growth, SEO and in-house marketing. Browse ourgraduate marketing jobs.

Project Management Jobs

Whether you’re looking to manage a portfolio or software development projects, ourgraduate project management jobscould be for you. Get started with project management today.

Find project management jobs at places likeHSBC.

Software Engineering Jobs

If you want to help develop new devices or simply become a superstar developer, agraduate software engineer jobcould be what you’re after. We have positions at some of the biggest companies in the UK available.

When should I start applying for graduate jobs?

You’ll generally find graduate jobs available across most industries available to apply for all year round. The main batch of new jobs, however, tends to be found between September and December. This is when we get new jobs added in larger numbers, which means you’ll want to keep a particularly close eye on job boards and openings, to make sure you don’t miss your perfect opportunity.

As the application for graduate schemes and graduate jobs can be a little longer than your usual application, many open up their opportunities well ahead of the start date. For more information onwhen to apply for graduate positions, check out our in-depth guide. Here, we’ve gone through everything you need to know when planning your job hunting.

Where can I find entry-level graduate jobs in the UK?

On Debut you’ll find graduate roles available across the country. Whether you’re looking for graduate jobs in London, the west midlands or the north west, we’re here to help. Every region of the UK has opportunities for graduates across a number of sectors and job types. Whether you want to find employers in the automotive sector or the very best marketing agencies around, the UK is well covered for graduate schemes, graduate jobs and work experience programmes.

From graduate jobs in central London to work experience and grad schemes in cities like Nottingham and Manchester, we’ve got you covered.

Jobs in LondonJobs in Manchester
Jobs in BirminghamJobs in Nottingham
Jobs in LiverpoolJobs in Leeds
Jobs in CardiffJobs in Edinburgh
Do I have to be a graduate to apply for graduate jobs?

While most of our graduate jobs are designed for recent graduates, you can start applying for any of them before you’ve officially graduated. When most new job adverts are posted, they are expecting applicants to be in the final stages of their degree, rather than an actual graduate.

However, once you’ve graduated there isn’t necessarily a time limit. Whilst most employers would prefer new graduates, you may still be able to apply for a graduate role if you’ve been a postgraduate for a few years and have gained some other experience.

Do you offer jobs for masters graduates?

Graduate jobs aren’t just aimed at post graduates with honours degrees. If you have a masters degree, you can still apply for any of these opportunities. Plus, you may find that there are particular graduate opportunities or schemes that are specifically designed for those with a masters degree.

Connect with leading employers in Manchester
Find the grad jobs you didn’t know existed
New opportunities come to you. Four minutes that could set you up for life.
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